Gainesville, FL Chapter

Makers Making Change is starting chapters all over North America!

@labrewster @jacksonfugate @oliviatucker23 @IanFaulkner are our Chapter Leader in Gainesville Florida. They are a team of STEM/Robotics students that are truly inspiring!

Thought you’d like to introduce yourself and give a bit of background/context in case anyone from your area comes to the forum and is looking for a local connection!

If anyone in the Gainesville/Florida area wants to introduce themselves feel free to “reply to this thread” and say hi!

  • Who are you and where are you based out of?
  • What do you do, and what are your passions and areas of interest in assistive tech (and otherwise?)
  • What are you hoping to get out of the experience of being an MMC Leader or member?
  • What are you interested to know about other Chapter Leaders and members?

If you want to start your own thread that is relevant to the Midland/MI area, start a new thread by clicking on Purple square that says “US Chapters” and then click “New Topic” on the right hand side. Add Florida in the title and tags as well as some words that indicate the post topic.

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Hi All! I am Leigh Anne Brewster and I am the Coach of FIRST Robotics Team 4118: Roaring Riptide (RR) - a high-school robotics team based in Gainesville, FL. I’m also a middle and high school educator at P.K. Yonge DRS K-12 public school that’s part of the College of Education of the University of Florida. We are one of the newest U.S. Chapters of MMC and (maybe) one of the 1st US FRC Robotics chapters in the US as well, so that’s exciting news that MMC is growing!

We became involved with MMC because our high-school robotics team is very passionate about their work in assistive technology. In fact, RR started switch-adapting toys in 2015, at their very first every toy adapt-a-thon held at our school. After watching a presentation at the Assistive Technology Industry Associations’s conference in Orlando, we reached out to see how we could be part of MMC. We are extremely excited about the opportunity to help such an amazing organization focused on connecting makers to people with disabilities.

Hi @labrewster! Thanks for taking an interest in MMC! We look forward to continuing a relationship with you and the FIRST Robotics Team. :robot:

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Thought I would give MMC Gainsville a shout out; not only do they create AT for people with disabilities, they also create PPE for front line workers all over the US. See their chapter highlight here:
https://www.makersmakingchange.com/covid-19-3d-printed/

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